Wungu, Bungu in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Wungu only in Tanzania





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Introduction / History

The Bungu are a Bantu speaking group of people living among the hills, plains, and ridge-like escarpments to the south east of Lake Rukwa in the Great Rift Valley. Their villages are surrounded by vast expanses of deciduous forest.

The people live in mud brick homes with thatched roofs. Some farm and others fish. The main cash crop is cotton. In the more mountainous villages, they also grow and cure tobacco. For food, they plant rice, corn, millet, and cassava. Many of them also raise goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. The Lake upon which the fishermen depend is reported to be increasing in size, yet becoming more shallow, due to erosion. As a result, the fish are also becoming more scarce. Such work also has its hazards, as the number of crocodiles has been increasing.

The Roman Catholic Church has been in the Bungu area since 1901. Almost all the Bungu are adherents to Christianity in the form of Catholicism, yet to a large degree this is only cultural or nominal. Many still cling to the traditional religion, although most are reluctant to speak of it. Witchcraft is also reported to be widely practiced.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Wungu
People Name in Country Wungu, Bungu
Population in Tanzania 79,000
World Population 79,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bungu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Wungu
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 15423
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mbeya region, Chunya District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bungu (79,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bungu 79,000
For Primary Language: Bungu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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